she whispers

because life is one great adventure.
say yes, close your eyes and jump. walk through the fire and run by your heart across wide fields of daisy dreams. make friends with the butterflies that fill your chest with excitement, wonder and light.
you are the universe.
you are everything you need.
dream big. be brave. be free.
return always to the wilderness of your daring imagination. let it find you seeking. let it find you loving. discover new pieces of the puzzle of your being. find them in other people and places and moments. live only by love, for the goodness of your soul. show kindness. recognise the need to be grateful and honest. the joy is endless. the beauty is endless. open your eyes.
breathe stars and clouds and grass.
breathe oceans and raindrops and rivers.
breathe dirt
breathe earth
breathe deep.

#adventuresundays [ninety-seven]



“there was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” jack kerouac, on the road.

road tripping up the pacific coast highway. zuma beach. malibu, california.

connor penhall.

when i went to mexico with my friend brooke, we met some guys from corona, california.

they were so cool, raced dirt bikes and spoke in hollywood accents. connor penhall was one of those guys – this gorgeous blonde kid danced on up to brooke and i, shoeless on the makeshift dance floor, at a club right on the beach. it was new years eve and we were drunk off the night: the beach and the beers, smooth tequila and mexican music. his charisma was addictive.

we spent the rest of the night getting to know this cool kid from corona.

twitter, instagram and facebook kept us in touch from opposite sides of the world. we joked about visits to australia and reunions in mexico. a distant friend who liked my photos, sent unexpected tweets…and made that new years the most memorable of my life so far.

connor was killed today, struck by a drunk driver while working on the 10 freeway in baldwin hills, california.

it’s an absolute shock. i won’t say we were best friends – we weren’t. but he had that special thing about him, that thing you find in those people you meet along the way. he was someone always there, somehow there seemed a permanence about him – someone i’d subconsciously planned to cross paths with again somehow, someday.

the last facebook status update he posted warned his friends of a dui spot to avoid…the irony unmistakable. messages of love flood his wall. my heart goes out to his family, his friends. a magical person, taken way too soon.

rest in peace, connor. i hope you race the gnarliest of motocross tracks in heaven.